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Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council adopted its 2019-20 Budget and revised Council Plan at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 25th June.

Prior to the Special Meeting to adopt the Council Plan and Budget, Council moved to suspend standing orders and hear from concerned residents and ratepayers following the release of the VAGO Audit Report into Fraud and Corruption Controls tabled in Victorian Parliament last Thursday. There will be a separate Council statement in relation to follow. 

The budget includes the delivery of a $14 million Capital Works Program, with a whole host of exciting infrastructure projects on the way.

The Capital Works Program includes $7 million on the road network, with $3.3 million to upgrade Mullers, Upton and Longwood-Ruffy Roads, which will be assisted by funding of $2.18 million from the Victorian Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program.

Council was thrilled to receive funding from the Fixing Country Roads Program and looks forward to enhancing the quality of these roads for greater connectivity and safety.

The following capital works projects will also be delivered:

  • Zero to One Roads Program- $400,000
  • Pedestrian Bridges- $250,000
  • Drainage- $907,000
  • Footpaths- $274,000
  • Aquatic Facilities- $382,000
  • Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces- $1.9 million
  • Nagambie Boardwalk Extension- $702,000 over two years ($452,000 external funding)

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said Council will be implementing a 2.25 percent increase in the average rate for 2019-20.

“This increase is below the State Government cap of 2.5 percent under the ‘Fair Go Rates’ legislation,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“The allows Council to continue to deliver existing service levels, funding of a number of significant new initiatives and the ongoing allocation of sufficient funds to continue the strategic renewal of infrastructure across the shire.”

Council will continue to levy a municipal charge, but this will be reduced from $266 to $133, which aims to provide greater equity for ratepayers.

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Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Aurora Foods Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of the following products.

The products have been available for sale at Independent grocers including select IGAs, delis and cafes in NSW, VIC, TAS, SA, WA.

It's Vegan Cookies Coconut Vegan Dairy Free Gelato, 500ml Use By 27.02.21

It's Vegan Lemon Gluten and Dairy Free Sorbet, 500ml Use By 08.03.21; 29.04.21

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Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Strathbogie Shire Council has recently participated in a thorough audit process undertaken by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) which has provided a number of recommendations on ways to improve its fraud and corruption controls.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said whilst the VAGO audit concluded there was no fraud or corruption detected at Council, it did identify areas where improvement is required on controls to prevent, detect and respond to potential fraud and corruption.

“Council recognises the important role VAGO has to play in raising the standard of local government and improving the provision of services and utilisation of public money,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“The VAGO audit process allowed for Council staff to review and provide feedback to the report and implement improvements to controls and processes; however Councillors are yet to be briefed and discuss the report.”

Following the findings of the audit, the organisation has embarked on a comprehensive review of existing policies and procedures, particularly those that relate to discretionary expenditure and fuel and credit card use, to ensure total transparency and closer scrutiny of all claims.

Strathbogie Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Steve Crawcour said these reviews include the provision of awareness training for staff on the updated policies and procedures.

“We welcomed the opportunity to work proactively with VAGO in the conduct of its audit which we see as a catalyst for positive change in the organisation,” Mr Crawcour said.

“Ongoing improvements will continue to be introduced, reviewed and monitored as we work closely with staff to ensure diligent monitoring and a commitment to best-practice transparency across the organisation.”

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Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

What do you think is important for Strathbogie Shire Council to consider in the community engagement process to ensure it is meaningful and effective?

Council is calling on the community to provide feedback on its draft Community Engagement Strategy, which is currently out for public comment until 5pm Wednesday 17th July 2019.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the strategy aims to improve the way Council informs and engages with the community and key stakeholders.

“We are committed to providing opportunities for more meaningful engagement to ensure our community feels informed and connected with Council's decision-making and operations,” Mayor McClaren explained.

“The draft Community Engagement Strategy outlines Council’s commitment to engagement, objectives and how we plan to put this into action.”

Mayor McClaren encouraged the community to view the strategy and contribute their ideas and feedback on Council’s online forum www.oursay.org/strathbogie/communityengagement where they will need to create a login.

Alternatively, you can get a copy of the strategy at Customer Service in Euroa and Nagambie and hand in written feedback or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Click here to have your say on the forum

Click here to access a copy of the draft Community Engagement Strategy

 


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